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Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 08/01/2011

Quick hits: Redskins sign placekicker Shayne Graham

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan confirmed that the team has agreed to terms with kicker Shayne Graham, and said he expects the 11th-year veteran and long-time Bengal kicker to arrive at some point Monday. Graham will compete with second-year kicker Graham Gano.

-- There has been talk about Vonnie Holliday retiring rather than playing for the Cardinals. Washington sent Holliday to Arizona, along with a draft pick, in exchange for running back Tim Hightower. Shanahan said he talked with Holliday, telling the veteran that Arizona presented a good opportunity. “In my mind the trade’s complete,” Shanahan said.

-- Hightower is expected to arrive some time Monday afternoon. Shanahan described the fourth-year pro as a back who “can do everything: run, catch, pass protect.” Hightower is expected to challenge Ryan Torain for the starting job.

--Rookie linebacker Ryan Kerrigan remained sidelined with a bone bruise to his right knee. Shanahan said the team is proceeding with caution to ensure that Kerrigan doesn’t rush back and injure himself further. “He’s not getting physical reps, but he’s getting all the mental reps, so that’s good,” the coach said.

--Punter Sav Rocca has yet to join the Redskins after agreeing to the terms of a free agent deal last week because the Australian is still trying to obtain a work visa. Shanahan said he isn’t concerned about the delay, and that the team is working with Rocca. Shanahan noted that the punter won’t be able to practice until Aug. 4, so there is no pressing need to get him here immediately.

--Quarterback Rex Grossman has yet to re-sign with the Redskins, but Shanahan said he expects to get a deal done. When asked about the negotiations, Shanahan said, “I’m not going to go through all the details. If he’s not here Thursday, then we can discuss it then.”

--The Redskins added another rookie free agent in safety in DaVonte Shannon, of the University at Buffalo. The 6-foot, 211-pound defensive back joined the Redskins with practice already in progress.

--Shanahan said that right tackle Jammal Brown’s surgically repaired left hip is finally 100 percent. The coach expects significant improvement out of the newly re-signed lineman now that Brown has had a full year in the system and another year of recovery from the 2009 surgery to repair a torn labrum.

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